The Sack of Rome

Alaric, King of the Visigoths

The Sack of Rome

Abstract

January 17, 395, Emperor Theodosius I died, leaving his heirs, ten year old Honorius and eighteen year old Arcadius under the regency of General Stilicho. Stilicho once again divided the Empire, giving regency over Arcadius

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to the praetorian prefect Rufinus (his bitter foe), to rule the East. Stilicho took regency over Honorius and ruled the West. These regents maintained an animosity between East and West. This paper follows the lineage of Honorius’ regent Stilicho and the rise of the Barbarian Visigoth King, Alaric, by examining the politics of the inner courts, the desperation to be Roman, dynastic alliances and the failures of child Emperors, all leading to the sack of Rome.

Alaric, King of the Visigoths: The Sack of Rome